Elsie Wimette Patnode
MIDDLEBURY — Elsie Wimette Patnode died 100 years young on Feb. 22, 2008, in her home in Middlebury. She was born Dec. 12, 1907, in Whiting, the daughter of Julius Wimette Jr. and Elizabeth (Maheu) Wimette.
On Sept. 4, 1933, she married Frederick E. Patnode of Keene, N.H. He predeceased her on May 9, 1991.
She graduated from Middlebury High School in 1926. She also attended Bay Path Institute in Springfield, Mass.
After returning to Middlebury she worked as secretary in the office of Atty. Wayne C. Bosworth for 47 years, retiring Dec. 1, 1977.
She loved flowers and was an avid gardener.
She was a member of St. Mary’s Church in Middlebury. She was also a member of the Catholic Daughters.
She is survived by six nieces Leah Vincent and Beulah Jurach of Bloomfield, Conn., Sylvia Ahern of South Windsor, Conn., Audrey Butler of West Haven, Conn., and Catherine Simmonds of North Branford, Conn.; also by a grand nephew, Donald Vincent and his wife Kathleen of Nashua, N.H., their daughter, Jessica Smith and her husband Timothy and their daughter, Ember of Jaffrey, N.H., a grand nephew, Dennis Vincent and family, and a grand niece, Carol Vincent all of Manchester, Conn.; and a long-time, very dear friend, Betty Cyr of Burlington.
She was predeceased by a sister, Mabel Vincent of Bloomfield, Conn., and two brothers, Herman and Percy Wimette.
A mass of Christian burial was held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Middlebury on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2008. The Rev. Justin Baker officiated.
Burial will take place at a later date in St. Mary’s cemetery in Middlebury.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s School at 86 Shannon St., Middlebury VT 05753.
Arrangements are under the direction of Sanderson Funeral Service, www.sandersonfuneralservice.com.
Annina Carmen “Nina” LaPenna
PROCTOR — Annina Carmen “Nina” LaPenna, age 91, of Proctor died Friday evening, Feb. 22, 2008, at Rutland Regional Medical Center surrounded by her loving family.
She was born in Proctor, Vt., on March 26, 1916, the daughter of Antonio and Giovanna (Santoro) Manganelli. In 1918, Nina’s family returned to their village of Montefusco, Italy. In 1932, at the age of 16, Nina’s family returned to Proctor, with the exception of her mother, who remained in Italy to care for her in-laws and later rejoined the family. Nina cared for both of her parents at home until Antonio’s death in 1963 and Giovannina’s death in 1976.
She married Albert LaPenna on Jan. 2, 1940, at St. Dominic’s Church in Proctor. Al predeceased her in 1978.
Nina was employed at Dick’s Dress Factory for many years, then General Electric, retiring in 1979.
She is survived by her brother Alfredo Manganelli of Hohokus, N.J., a sister Mildred DeVizia of Montefusco, Italy; two daughters, Joanne Carrara and her husband Paul of Middlebury, and Nina Flory and her husband James of West Rutland; granddaughters Shelly Carrara-Hare and her husband Steve, Gina Sater and her husband Jihad, Amy Townsend and her husband Bill, all of Middlebury; Anna Schatzle and her husband David of Watertown, Mass.; Donna Callahan and her husband Tom of West Rutland; Joanne Wood and her husband Ron of Proctor; grandsons Joe Carrara and his wife Kathleen of Charlotte; PJ Carrara and his wife Angelina of Shoreham; David Flory of Clarendon and Doug Flory of West Rutland. Our beloved Nonna is also survived by 20 very special, great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her parents; her husband, Albert, her daughter Shirley LaPenna; three brothers, Fiore, Joseph (both during World War II) and Chester Manganelli; and her grandson Jim Flory.
Nina is lovingly remembered for her beautiful spirit and the gift of friendship she extended to all. Nina cherished her relationship with her dearest friends, Margaret, Charlene and Helen, also known as “The Golden Girls,” and treasured her special friendship with Debbie and the good times they spent together at the Godnick Center. Nina was an accomplished cook, especially Italian cuisine, and loved to entertain family and friends. Over her lifetime, she traveled extensively, returning to Italy periodically to spend time with her sister Mildred. Nina’s greatest joy in life was her family, especially the time she spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Nina loved and lived life to the fullest. She enjoyed hiking with the Green Mountain Hiking Club. She volunteered freely her time to the Humane Society and the American Red Cross. She was a member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas.
Funeral services were held Wednesday at St. Dominic’s Church in Proctor. Officiating was the Rev. Barry Meehan, pastor of St. Bridget’s Church in West Rutland. A reception was held in the Church fellowship hall following the service. Burial will be at a later date in Riverside Cemetery in Proctor.
Arrangements were under the direction of Clifford Funeral Home in Rutland.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Dominic’s Church, 45 South St., Proctor, VT 05765; or to the Godnick Senior Center, 1 Deer St., Rutland, VT 05701.
MIDDLEBURY — Kathleen Johnson, a well-known astrologer and Middlebury resident, died on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2008. A full obituary will appear in a future edition of the Independent.
CHARLOTTE — Florence (Poole) Horsford, 98, died Feb. 24, 2008, surrounded by family at home. She was born in Charlotte on April 14, 1909, the daughter of Aubrey T. and Frederica (Rotax) Poole.
She graduated from Burlington High School and in 1928 received a degree in teacher education from UVM. She began her 44-year teaching career in a one-room schoolhouse in Charlotte and was a teacher and the principal of the Shelburne Elementary School. She married Frederick H. Horsford on June 20, 1931.
She was a lifetime member of the Charlotte Congregational Church, where she celebrated being the oldest member of the congregation at the church’s 150-year anniversary. She was an active member of the Ladies Aid Society of the church and a member of the Breezy Point Library where she was instrumental in having the building moved to the Shelburne Museum.
She served during the 1950s and ’60s as the Superintendent of Flowers at the Champlain Valley Fair. She developed a real estate business. According to family she loved to travel.
The “Good Neighbor Award” was established at Charlotte Central School and dedicated to her by her Greenbush Road friends.
She is survived by her only daughter, Patty Horsford; her sister-in-law, Kay Kocsis of Bradenton, Fla.; her grandsons, Peter Young and his wife Kim of Lincoln and Greg Young of Hyde Park; her great-grandchildren; her nephew and nieces; and many grandnieces and grandnephews.
She was predeceased by her husband; her brother, Archie; her sisters, Peg and Joyce; her brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Barb Horsford; and three nephews.
A celebration of her life will be held at the Charlotte Congregational Church at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 2.
Memorial donations may be made to the Charlotte Library, P.O. Box 120; the Charlotte Fire and Rescue, P.O. Box 85; or the “Good Neighbor Award” c/o Martha Edwards, Charlotte Central School, P.O. Box 408, Charlotte, VT 05445.
NORTH FERRISBURGH — On Wednesday, Feb.13, 2008, Morag “Mo” Burke of Long Point in North Ferrisburgh lost her courageous battle with lung cancer. By her side was her love and life partner, Rolf Trinkner.
She was born to Mary and William Burke on April 13, 1942, in Maryhill, Glasgow, Scotland.
Mo came to the U.S. in 1963 as a nanny to a family on Long Island, N.Y. She attended New York Fashion Institute of Technology and worked in the textile industry for J. P. Stevens and West Point Stevens for over 20 years.
In Vermont she was assistant store manager for Lee Jay Bed and Bath and retired from The Chittenden Bank Loan Library in Burlington last summer.
She is survived by her sisters Cathy and Pauline, her brothers John and Peter, and their families.
Mo valued greatly her friends from many chapters of her life, whom were by her side through her battle with cancer, which she fought with fierce determination.
Birds, baseball and the outdoors were her life’s passion and, as many Long Pointers can testify to, a friendly wave and hello on her daily fitness walk to the “tracks.”
We want to thank Dr. Grunberg, his nurse Carina, Dr. Rubin and all the nurses from the oncology dept. of F.A.H.C. for their supportive efforts. Many thanks also go to the tireless staff of the CICU department of the Mountainside Hospital in Montclair, N.J.
We all will miss her, her energetic, optimistic and caring ways.
A memorial service will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Middlebury at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 1. A gathering of friends will follow in the basement of the church.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Vermont Cancer Center, 111 Colchester Ave., Burlington, VT 05401 ATTN: Bennie Twitchel.